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When you're invited to a BBQ

I am not a vegetarian, but got into an argument after a Facebook post that somewhat called out vegetarians and vegans. My father had thrown a small BBQ and bought, burgers, dogs, chicken kabobs, salads and chips and salsa. Ten minutes before the BBQ he was reminded that one of the kids coming was a vegetarian. So he called her father and asked him to grab something. Problem solved.

My question is, what is your personal protocol when going somewhere and someone might or might not know you don't eat meat? Do you bring your own food to be cooked (which I said was rude) or do you call ahead to remind them of this (which I feel is fine, but a minor inconvenience) or do you just bring something to nibble on?

I should add, 90% of the BBQ i go to have grilled veggies readily available, but this one was small (4 adults 2 kids) and we didn't consider it. Should the responsibility fall on the person throwing the party or the vegetarian?

Jun 20, 2013
jhopp217 in Vegetarian & Vegan

ideas where I can throw my son's 1st birthday?

I see you live in Yonkers. Are you looking for activities for the other kids or will this be an adult party with some small children present?

People who like everything

Gino's was up and down....the old man came back from what I heard. I know someone who works there and the pizza has always been one of the better in Westchester. I've never had a bad slice there, but it's varied from good to really good.

And what I liked about their slices is that it felt like an old school NYC slice, not paper thin with sauce and cheese falling off

Jun 20, 2013
jhopp217 in Not About Food

People who like everything

I'm going to assume you're a youngin. Brooklyn pizza a myth? Not sure where you've been eating pizza and just so you know, there is one line that comes from the mouths of every single true Brooklynite when DiFara's is mention and it's "Where is that?" Brooklyn Pizza was, is and will always be a step above. The best now isn't even found in pizzerias, but actual restaurants

If you're in the Bronx anytime soon, try Louie & Ernie's on Crosley Ave. Order the sausage pie. Probably the best pie I've had outside of Brooklyn. Other than that Rose & Joe's Bakery in Astoria and Broaday Joe's in Riverdale are probably the three best i've had outside of Bklyn.

Jun 20, 2013
jhopp217 in Not About Food

People who like everything

Who said I was complaining about them behind their backs?

Jun 20, 2013
jhopp217 in Not About Food

People who like everything

I'm a single guy, 42, and I ran into my buddy, same age at the supermarket last year. Not one thing in his cart couldn't be made in a toaster over or microwave. Other than fluids, I literally mean, not one thing. Meanwhile, my cart was filled with veggies, steaks, chicken, pork, etc. He was so embarrassed and I tried, without being a jerk, to explain that was the reason his kids were so "picky"

Jun 20, 2013
jhopp217 in Not About Food
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The Bad Math Guy

Do you play less for dry cleaning if the service is poor? Or if there is nothing on TV, do you not pay one day of cable bill? I realize it's a service, but I like to recognize that these are people and unless they say something derogatory or do something that would be deemed offensive, I can't see leaving less than 20%.

I wonder how tippers who tip based on service that does or doesn't meet their expectations would feel if they were paid at their jobs that way. Let's just say I know a lot of school teachers who might be making less than minumum wage.

Least favorite cheeses?

This might be the greatest idea ever

Jun 20, 2013
jhopp217 in Cheese

Least favorite cheeses?

I am not accusing you of this, but I find it very funny when people (who aren't hounds) say they love brie. Usually they take it right out of the fridge and don't let it come to room temperature or they cut the rind off. Some people seem to always put something on it...fruit, etc. Also, the brie you usually buy in the Supermarket (not meaning you, I do too) isn't nearly the same as some of the ones you get at a cheesemonger

Jun 20, 2013
jhopp217 in Cheese

In search of proper ice-cream sundaes in Westchester

When I grew up in Brooklyn (1970-85) we had seltzer delivered with the spray top. We also had milk and u-bet chocolate syrup delivered as well. I'd always make egg creams and ever since, I've yet to have one even close. I think it was the large bubbles in the seltzer, but can't be sure. It was like drinking chocolate milk bubbles. Amazing. Certain things it's all location (and maybe memories).

Bean Question (yeah that)

I actually read that about the salt (which should have been kinda obvious), but didn't know about the sugars. Thanks

Jun 15, 2013
jhopp217 in General Topics

Bean Question (yeah that)

Thank You!

Jun 15, 2013
jhopp217 in General Topics

People who like everything

Where in NY did you grow up? Just asking because this is a big debate with me. Anyone who grew up in NY anywhere other than Brooklyn or Queens believes what you believe. It couldn't be further from the truth. Brooklyn pizza absolutely blows the rest of the state away and Queens has some incredible places. Sure you'll find the occasional masterpiece in the Bronx and Manhattan, but rarely. I live in Westchester Co right now and the Pizza is awful absolutely everywhere I go

Jun 15, 2013
jhopp217 in Not About Food

People who like everything

That reminds me of the old joke about someone's mom seeing good in everyone. So the son says "What about Ed Gein, he chopped up people and buried them under his house....what do you have to say about him?' The mother pauses and says, "Well, he's a homeowner."

Jun 15, 2013
jhopp217 in Not About Food

People who like everything

There are times when the people you love are the people who do this. There are also times when you find yourself dining with whoever you're with, because it's meal time. Not all people in our lives are perfect, at least not in my world.

Jun 15, 2013
jhopp217 in Not About Food

People who like everything

You said <I'm one of those 'people who like everything'. I have good manners and I'm grateful for the food in front of me. I think it comes from being around those 'people who hate everything, pain-in-the-ass, complaining narcissists'.
The world revolves around their pretentious, name-dropping, know-it-all personalities. I don't want to be like them.>

I took from that paragraph that you are the way you are in an attempt not to be like the people you are around. I don't think I misunderstood what you wrote, I think you didn't get your point across.

Jun 15, 2013
jhopp217 in Not About Food

People who like everything

Do you, like I, find yourself doctoring take-out at times? Then I usually say to myself...with the time I put into making this edible, I could have made it myself!

Jun 15, 2013
jhopp217 in Not About Food

People who like everything

Why would you say that? If they never know they exist, why would they expect them. I never had mac and cheese until I was in my 20's. Never had a TV dinner until 16. My parents didn't own a microwave until I was nearly 30 and I use my microwave about once a month now. It's all how you are taught. To this day, the only microwave/toaster oven food I ever buy is pizza for those times I'm in a rush

People who like everything

Actually, I don't have to. The stories of me dining out were hilarious. I was eating escargot at six and giving the waiters grief when they tried to explain to me that they werre snails. I once sent back a clam dish at seven at Gage & Tollner's in Brooklyn and the waiter refused to accept the dish was bad, because of my age and the chef came out to apologize, said he tasted it and priased my taste buds and made me something special. My parents were always interested in investigating cuisines and rarely left me at home. Today's parents and children aren't the way it used to be and definitely not for the better. My friend's kids are impossible out and there is nobody to blame but the parents.

Jun 15, 2013
jhopp217 in Not About Food

Least favorite cheeses?

I'm joking, but I don't know if you can be called a bleu cheese fanatic and not like Stilton. It's like saying I love the Beatles, but hate all the songs written by John & Paul. haha

Jun 15, 2013
jhopp217 in Cheese
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Least favorite cheeses?

it's funny, a local place near me, which has really good pub food and burgers recently abandoned the "orange ooze" for real cheese and you'd be shocked at how many people are upset about this.

Jun 15, 2013
jhopp217 in Cheese

Least favorite cheeses?

I agree that melted it does have a decent flavor, but overall, it's not what I would call and enjoyable flavor

Jun 15, 2013
jhopp217 in Cheese

The Bad Math Guy

In this case, it's not about that, but usually you are right. I once tipped $20 on a $12.99 allyou can eat buffet, because the stupid restaurant had the smallest imaginable plates and my "server" was going nuts and getting me drinks like crazy. He told me afterwards how usually people tipped $3 and would sit there for hours

Jun 15, 2013
jhopp217 in Not About Food

The Bad Math Guy

There is nowhere in this country where the national average is 10%. I don't think it ever was. My father is 79 and said he never tipped less than 15%

Jun 15, 2013
jhopp217 in Not About Food

The Bad Math Guy

When my friends and I go out, we divide it evenly. If someone chooses to get special and someone else chooses the side salad, they know going in. It works out in the end.

Funniest was one night there were eight of us and we all, but one, ordered a special that was $45....one guy ordered a meal that was $17. Split it 8 ways and he was not happy.

Jun 15, 2013
jhopp217 in Not About Food

The Bad Math Guy

You opened up a whole new can of worms....pre-tax or total.I don't have the patience to be bothered with people trying to figure out what they ate and the tax or tipping less on drinks. My "rule" is 20% minimum on total

Jun 15, 2013
jhopp217 in Not About Food
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The Bad Math Guy

I was with a group in Virginia once and we tipped $15 on a $45 bill and I thought the waitress was going to ask us to marry her. Living in NY, they'd shrug at the 33% and not even thank you.

Jun 15, 2013
jhopp217 in Not About Food

The Bad Math Guy

Good question....he's usually the most sober, haha

Jun 15, 2013
jhopp217 in Not About Food

The Bad Math Guy

You may be right, but it wouldn't mesh with his nature. He'll do this stuff and then we'll walk into a place and he'll buy a round, when we're all chipping in. very generous fellow.

I'm not judging anyone, but in NY and major cities, 15% is the way of a long long time ago. 18% minimum is expected these days, with 20% almost assumed

Jun 15, 2013
jhopp217 in Not About Food

Least favorite cheeses?

Italians will yell Blasphemy, but poorly made mozzarella is absolutely tasteles. I've had it made fresh in front of me and had it so delicious I could have eaten ten lbs of it and I've had it done right in front of me, took one bite and almost spit it out.

The one cheese I dislike, unless melted on a burger with mushrooms, is regular swiss cheese. Don't understand why anyone would like it.

I don't consider American Cheese to be real cheese